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Published September 2011.

Web Exclusive: A Family in AA

A woman tells how she sobered up in the same home group as her mother and brother

"I had a good foundation and support due to my mother and brother being members of Alcoholics Anonymous."

I come from a long line of alcoholics from both sides of my family. Many never found the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and died drunk. At the time, I didn't realize they were suffering from alcoholism, I just thought they were mean people. I always told myself I would never be like them. Eventually I became one of those 'mean people' I pledged to never be. I became an alcoholic.

My parents worked hard, long hours with the family business but still made time for me and my three older brothers. I can honestly say I had a pretty normal childhood. Life was great until the day my mother sat me down and said, "Your daddy isn't coming home, we are getting a divorce."

-- Deidra H.

Bainbridge, Georgia

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